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New York - Charleston - Savannah

The Palmetto service by Amtrak connects New York City with Savannah, Georgia. Experience the charm of the American South as the train travels through historic cities, coastal landscapes, and picturesque countryside.

Relax in comfortable seating or private sleeping accommodations and savor the amenities offered onboard, such as a dining car serving delicious meals and a lounge where you can socialize. With the Palmetto service, Amtrak provides a delightful travel experience that combines the beauty of the South with the convenience of train travel.

15 hours

Trip Time

829 mi (1,334 km)

Trip Length



Route Highlights

New York City, New York: Beginning the journey in New York City, passengers can experience the pulse of America's largest city. From the iconic skyline featuring the Empire State Building to the artistic neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo, the city's energy is palpable. Cultural landmarks like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Broadway theaters are must-see attractions.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, is rich in American history. Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell are key historical landmarks. The city's diverse culinary scene, including the famous Philly cheesesteak, adds flavor to the visit.

Wilmington, Delaware: Wilmington's charming riverfront district showcases a blend of history and modern entertainment. With picturesque views of the Christina River, revitalized warehouses, and vibrant dining options, the city provides a pleasant urban experience. The nearby Brandywine Zoo is a family-friendly attraction.

Baltimore, Maryland: As you approach Baltimore, the stunning Inner Harbor area comes into view. Here, the National Aquarium and historic ships add to the city's maritime character. Fort McHenry, a key site during the War of 1812, offers insights into American military history.

Washington, D.C.: Washington, D.C., the nation's capital, is a hub of political activity and cultural attractions. From the towering Washington Monument to the sprawling National Mall, there's an abundance of historic sites. World-class museums like the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art add to the city's appeal.

Richmond, Virginia: Richmond's storied history includes its role as the Confederacy's capital during the Civil War. Visitors can explore Monument Avenue, with statues commemorating Southern leaders, and the historic Shockoe Slip district, with cobblestone streets and charming eateries. The James River offers recreational opportunities and scenic views.

Petersburg to Rocky Mount: This stretch highlights the natural beauty of Virginia and North Carolina. Gentle hills, farms, and small towns provide a peaceful backdrop to the journey. The transition from urban to rural landscapes underscores the diversity of the region.

Raleigh, North Carolina: Raleigh's blend of Southern tradition and modern innovation is evident in its lively arts scene, university campuses, and tech industries. The North Carolina Museum of Art and the downtown area's shops and restaurants offer a variety of experiences. The State Capitol building is a historical highlight.

Cary to Durham: Traveling through the Research Triangle, passengers see a region known for its universities and high-tech industries. The three cities, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, offer a blend of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities. The scenery includes university campuses and lush green spaces.

Fayetteville, North Carolina: In Fayetteville, military history takes center stage with nearby Fort Bragg. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum offers insights into the U.S. military, and the historic downtown area provides charming dining and shopping experiences. The city's connection to the military is a proud and defining characteristic.

South Carolina Countryside: The train's passage through South Carolina offers views of forests, swamps, and the coastal Lowcountry landscape. This unique geographical region is rich in wildlife and natural beauty, and the meandering rivers and moss-draped trees create a tranquil environment.

Charleston, South Carolina: Charleston's historical charm is evident in its cobblestone streets, antebellum architecture, and harbor views. Visitors can explore the vibrant Charleston City Market and the beautiful Waterfront Park. The city's culinary scene is renowned, offering Southern delicacies and fresh seafood.

Yemassee to Savannah: The coastal landscapes of South Carolina and Georgia are a visual treat as the train approaches Savannah. The mix of marshlands, rivers, and historic sites like Old Sheldon Church Ruins add to the journey's intrigue. Spanish moss-draped trees signal the entrance to Savannah's historic district.

Savannah, Georgia: The journey concludes in Savannah, a city known for its historic squares, stunning architecture, and vibrant arts scene. Forsyth Park, with its iconic fountain, is a picturesque gathering spot. The city's waterfront, filled with shops and dining options, offers a delightful way to explore Savannah's southern charm.


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